October 12, 2020 at 3:12 pm

Advising Tip | I Promise, You’re Not Bothering Your Professors!

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Eileen Schulz, Academic Advisor

By Eileen Schulz
College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advisor

We are halfway to completing the fall semester. By now you have received valuable feedback from your instructors on how you are doing in your classes. You may have taken midterms or completed a project or two for grades. Your professors may have even reached out to you through the My Ohio Student Success Network (MOSN) to email  you a Kudo to let you know you are doing great work or maybe, suggest that you see them for help. The faculty at OHIO care about you and are available to guide you, even if you are taking classes online…you just need to ask.

Have you met your professors outside of the classroom? If not yet, then you should!

Your faculty have office hours scheduled for the sole purpose of meeting with you, including for your online classes. You can meet with your faculty via Microsoft TEAMS by using their Ohio email to connect. Check with your class syllabus for scheduled office hours and preferred modality. Office hours are an invaluable resource for your development as a student.

Attending office hours can help you to do better on exams and assignments, as well as feel more connected to your professors and college, especially if you are learning remotely. However, many students feel intimated or overwhelmed at the thought of speaking with faculty one-on-one, especially if they’ve never gone before.

So, while there is still plenty of time left this semester to visit your professors during their office hours, here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • I promise you’re not bothering your professors! Office hours are specifically set aside to meet with students. The No. 1 complaint is that students don’t go enough!
  • Remember, professors can share their own undergraduate experience with you, which may help you relate to them better.
  • Professors are experts in their field and a have wealth of knowledge to help you understand the material more deeply.
  • Time can be limited, so go prepared and be on time. Think about what questions you have or issues you want to address ahead of time. If it helps, write down a list and bring it with you.
  • Even if you don’t have an issue in class, it can be incredibly valuable to stop by and say hello, especially to those professors in your major. This will help you to build a solid relationship and possibly utilize them as a reference when it comes time to look for graduate programs or employment.

Don’t wait to attend office hours until the day before a big exam or paper is due. Go early and go often!

Finally, myself and the entire professional advising staff in the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs is always available by appointment.  You can also take advantage of our drop-in advising via Microsoft TEAMS on Wednesday 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. and Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Need Help with ONLINE Learning?  Check out Online Tutoring Options at the Academic Achievement Center 

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